PHILADELPHIA (AP) – San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler stood at the dugout of the third base at Citizens Bank Park on Monday under the national anthem, taking a break on Remembrance Day from his protest against the nation’s leadership.
Kapler, who began his protest on Friday, was standing by the railing of the Giants dugout while playing a crane during a holiday ceremony followed by the performance of the “Flag Starred” military mining company. Several other San Francisco players stood on the chalk line past the third base bag during stretching exercises.
“Today I will stand behind the anthem,” Kapler wrote in his blog on Monday. “While I firmly believe in the right to protest and in the importance of it, I also firmly believe in honoring and mourning the military and women of our country who fought and died for this right. Those who serve in our army, and especially those who have paid the highest price for our rights and freedoms, deserve this recognition and respect, and I am honored to stand in line today to show my worth. ”
Kapler announced Friday that he intends to stay at the club during the anthem to protest “the lack of promise of what our national anthem is” after the shooting that killed 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uwald, Texas. .
“I see everything that provokes a thoughtful conversation, good,” Kapler told reporters Monday.
Kapler said he was not ready to say whether his protest would resume on Tuesday night.
“The days are going very fast,” he said. “We’re going to go out and talk about the Giants and the Phillies today and we’ll get into the game and then we’ll spend some time trying to get away from the game. Then the game starts the next day. I want my thoughts to be perfectly articulated. I will formulate and share them. I just don’t have them now. “
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“Everyone in this country has a choice, right?” Said Girard. “I mean, America is based on that. This is not the choice I will make. But with all the choices we make in life, there are consequences no matter what you do, so you need to be prepared to explain why you do things in this world. And that’s not what I would do. “
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